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AT&T to challenge GoGo for in-flight Wi-Fi dominance

It looks as though in-flight internet providers will have some stiff competition come next year. AT&T this week announced that it has plans to launch its own in-flight Wi-Fi services beginning in late 2015. AT&T’s service will be based on the high-speed LTE standard, and will require a massive buildout of a new air-to-ground network across the continental U.S.
 
“Everyone wants access to high-speed, reliable mobile Internet wherever they are, including at 35,000 feet,” said John Stankey, AT&T’s Chief Strategy Officer. “We believe this will enable airlines and passengers to benefit from reliable high speeds and a better experience. We expect this service to transform connectivity in the aviation industry – we are truly mobilizing the sky.”
 
AT&T is also billing its LTE-based service as having the “potential for improved communications between the plane and the ground through transmission of real-time aircraft data for optimizing, monitoring and evolving airlines’ operations.” This seems like a pretty direct response to the tragic Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 incident.
 
AT&T is partnering with Honeywell to develop hardware and services for its in-flight Wi-Fi venture.
 
Seeing as how the service is still well over a year from being deployed, AT&T has yet to start talking about potential pricing for the service. Although it would be a kind gesture if AT&T would at least offer discounts on in-flight Wi-Fi for existing wireless customers (but we’re not holding our breath on that one).

Source: AT&T





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